We have many engaging and fun ways to learn about animals, plants, and wildlife conservation at home. Students, parents, and educators can discover a wide variety of online options, from live animal cams, to videos and activities, to lessons and courses designed for different age groups, to resources for research and even participating in citizen science. We invite you to explore these learning opportunities and bring our wildlife into your home, as we navigate these difficult times together!
San Diego Zoo Kids Corner
The San Diego Zoo is bringing the Zoo to you, through San Diego Zoo Kids Corner! In each episode, you'll be taken on a fun and wild adventure to learn more about animals and their lifestyles. Every week, Dr. Zoolittle, Roberta the Zebra, and a cast of cool characters will be sharing stories, jokes, poems, songs, and interesting facts about wildlife. They will also show you their favorite magic tricks, cook yummy treats, lead you through science experiments, and demonstrate how to make special crafts.
San Diego Zoo Kids
Kids can jump into the world of wildlife with every visit to San Diego Zoo Kids. This family-friendly website is jam-packed with videos and information about animals, fun stories, hands-on activities, and games.
Tiger Life-Drawing Lesson
- All Ages
Did you ever wonder how movie animators make animals look so real? Follow along with story artist David Derrick as he draws a realistic tiger. You can create a striped big cat of your very own!
San Diego Zoo Kids Curriculum (Grades K-12)
San Diego Zoo Kids Curriculum
- Grades K-12
A variety of curriculum packages focused on specific species, Zoo habitats, and science or conservation topics are available at the San Diego Zoo Kids website. Recommended grade levels are included, but many can be adapted to other ages.
Middle School and High School
Free Online Courses
- Ages 13 and up
Through June 18, San Diego Zoo Global Academy will provide teachers and students ages 13 or above access to our Introduction to Animal Species and Ending Extinction online learning courses, offering different topics every week that are free of cost.
- Wednesdays, August 12, 19, and 26
Please join us throughout the month of August to hear about incredible efforts to save elephants, giraffes, leopards, and some of Earth’s most endangered species from extinction. This virtual series of speakers showcases our connection to wildlife, our connection to one another, and how we are making the world a smaller place through our conservation efforts.
San Diego Zoo Animals & Plants
With detailed information, fun trivia, and much more, this website is a user-friendly, A-to-Z guide about favorite animals and plants—as well as many fascinating species you may not know much about.
- Grades 6 and up
San Diego Zoo Global researchers are engaged in a wide variety of studies to help animals and plants all over the world. Read their first-person accounts about their current projects in the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research Science Blog.
Wildwatch Citizen Science
Anyone can become a “citizen scientist” and contribute valuable data to conservation researchers through this online tool. Help count and identify giraffes and other wildlife in field sites in Africa with Wildwatch Kenya, and help identify populations of burrowing owls and their behaviors with Wildwatch Burrowing Owl. You'll be helping field researchers sort through thousands of field camera photos that it would take them years to do alone—and help them make conservation discoveries and decisions much faster!
Learning to Read Scientific Literature
- Middle and High School
Learning to read scientific literature is an important and useful skill. These lessons were developed by the San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research for use in conjunction with Exploring Conservation Science field trips to the Institute facilities and the adjacent Safari Park. All of these lesson plans are related to research being done by San Diego Zoo Global scientists.
San Diego Zoo Global Library
These fact sheets—commonly used by SDZG team members and freely available online—summarize information on an animal species or animal group. Sources include peer-reviewed journals, scholarly books, authoritative reports, and databases, as well as scientific and husbandry experts.
- Middle and High school
This activity is designed for middle school students, but can also be done at the high school level if appropriate. It is an art and craft style activity requiring a few household supplies. Constructing a karyotype is in conjunction with learning about chromosomes and how they are used to determine the sex of a sexually monomorphic species, such as the California condor.
- Middle and High School
The Biodiversity Investigations Field Mission was created in collaboration with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR) and the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM) to enhance middle school student exploration and learning around the iNaturalist community science program and the ICR Life in a Biodiversity Hotspot program. This is a three-part educational experience in which educators introduce their students to iNaturalist, students actively explore biodiversity concepts at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and students are led through an iNaturalist Biodiversity Investigation, focused on scientific research being conducted at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Our hope is that upon completion of this program, students are able to engage with active scientific research as community scientists, and walk away with a greater appreciation of San Diego's regional biodiversity and the role they play to protect it.
Adventures in Learning
Adventures in Learning is our free guide for teachers regarding a visit to the Zoo or Safari Park. While it includes information on planning field trips, guided tours, and outreach programs, it also includes free resources to use at home that are useful right now.
Virtual Field Trip (Pre-recorded)
Take a walk on the wild side through the San Diego Zoo! This 22-minute, narrated exploration of the San Diego Zoo is the perfect way for you and your students to take a plunge with our polar bears, talk about the tigers, wave to our black-headed weavers, and check out the other wildlife that lives at the San Diego Zoo, all from the safety and comfort of your own home or classroom!